AKA: Lisa takes tap dancing lessons while Bart and Milhouse camp out at the mall.
The Setup: At the mall to buy camp supplies for Bart, Lisa watches the film "Tango De La Muerte" and becomes determined to learn how to dance.
Marge: Homer, sitting that close to the TV can't be good for you.
Homer: Talking while the TV's on can't be good for *you*.
Marge: I remember Little Vicki Valentine. Her perky smile and dancing brought America right out of the depression.
Lisa: Well, I think World War II helped a little, Mom.
Marge: Don't smart mouth, Lisa.
Wiggum: We'll catch that mall rat.
Lou: Sure hope this Acme kit works.
Wiggum: Gosh, that cheese looks good. Think I could grab it before that anvil hits?
Lou: Oh, I don't know, Chief. It's a million to one.
Wiggum: I like those odds! Ow! ... My mistake was grabbing the cheese.
Vicki: I'm sorry, Lisa, but giving everyone an equal part when they're clearly not equal is called what, again, class?
Vicki: That's right. And I didn't tap all those Morse code messages to the Allies 'til my shoes filled with blood to just roll out the welcome mat for the Reds.
Vicki: I'm ever so pissed!
Teebore's Take: After a string of episodes that ranged from mediocre to dull to horrible, this straight-forward and humorous episode was a relief. Dance teacher Vicki Valentine is pretty much an unlikeable bitch, but she satirizes well the Shirley Temple/child star "feel good" musical films of the forties. The portion of an old "Little Vicki" movie that Lisa watches-complete with a caricatured, good-natured African-American butler and a dancing cat-is worth the price of admission itself. The subplot involving Bart and Milhouse camping out at the mall is a bit over-the-top but funny nonetheless, particularly Chief Wiggum's boneheaded attempts at using a mountain lion to kill the giant rat to which he's attributing Bart and Milhouse's shenanigans.
Bart's story is a bit unbelievable, but no more so than the plot of your average 80s teen comedy. And the self-tapping shoes Professor Frink gives Lisa at the end are pretty zany, but aside from that, this is a fairly "normal" episode.
Homer is barely in this one, aside from getting laser eye surgery in the beginning and failing to recognize Professor Frink's attempts at making Lisa feel better at the end.